Georgia and Alabama are in the heart of the Bible Belt, but they don’t rate well compared to other states when it comes to having institutions ranked among “The 25 Best Schools for Studying the Bible.”
Georgia has only one – Toccoa Falls College, ranked No. 12 – and Alabama has none on the list released Monday by TheBestSchools.org, the Pella, Iowa-based website that boasts more than 640,000 unique monthly users.
In fact, even among the 75 additional schools given honorable mention, Georgia has only two – No. 47 Covenant College and No. 76 Luther Rice College and Seminary – and Alabama again has none.
And the top two on the list – No. 1 Biola University of Los Angeles and No. 2 Moody Bible Institute of Chicago – aren’t even in the Bible Belt.
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The rankings, according to the news release, are based on “individual holistic considerations” that include:
▪ Commitment to sound Christian education.
▪ Academic excellence.
▪ Spiritual life on campus.
▪ Bible curriculum.
▪ Accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and School, the Association of Theological Schools or the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
"Many people today are searching for truth,” Dan Edelen, director of marketing services for TheBestSchools.org, said in the news release. "Our ranking of America's top Bible schools reflects a select group of elite institutions that provide students an assurance of authority and credibility.”